Japan on Wednesday successfully launched a probe destined for a distant asteroid on a six-year mission, just weeks after a European spacecraft's historic landing on a comet.
Following a successful mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth, Japan is poised to launch a follow-on expedition, with hopes of finding organics.
Three crewmembers of the International Space Station have returned safely to Earth, ending their six-month orbital mission.
Enjoy some of the most inspiring, beautiful and down-right stunning photos from our adventures in space this past week.
Pledging to uphold the Japanese spirit of "wa" -- harmony -- Koichi Wakata took command of the International Space Station on Sunday, the first Japanese astronaut to lead a human space mission. Continue reading →
Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata has captured many impressive views through his camera lens, but this is one of the most beautiful. Continue reading →
Japanese space station astronaut Koichi Wakata photographs a beautiful scene of the moon hanging above the Earth from orbit. Continue reading →
Japanese space scientists are set to trial a tether they hope will help pull junk out of orbit around Earth, clearing up tonnes of planetary clutter.
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